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InfoWorld: Gateway, AOL tap Transmeta for Net

May 31, 2000, 00:44 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terho Uimonen, Dan Neel)

"Gateway and AOL will use the Crusoe processors and Mobile Linux in at least two jointly-branded, legacy-free Internet appliances (IAs) aimed at providing consumers with easy access to the Internet, said John Spelich, the director of corporate communications at Gateway. The first of the two IAs will hit the market just in time for Christmas, with a second scheduled to follow in the first quarter of 2001, according to Spelich."

"Intel, which possesses massive manufacturing facilities, announced last January it plans to enter the consumer IA space with "multiple skews" of Web Appliances, said Marta Hasler, the marketing manger at Intel Home products Group. The first Intel IA offering, a device with an integrated phone receiver and 14-inch CRT screen, is due out "sometime this summer" and will run a version of Linux, said Hasler."

"AOL and Gateway were among a group of investors that injected $88 million into the formerly secretive chip developer in April. Three major Taiwan-based contract manufacturers of notebook PCs were also among the investors. One of them, First International Computer, quietly showed off a prototype of a notebook powered by a Crusoe processor at the CeBit trade show held in Hanover, Germany, in late February."

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